Welcome to Ireland’s first Psychotherapy Sensory room for Neurodivergent teenagers and adults opened in Limerick. The practice is accredited Autism-Friendly by ASIAM Ireland’s National Autism Charity and is open for autistic individuals and people with ADHD and Asperger’s. Modifications are made to therapy in the understanding that all clients’ needs are different. The therapy sessions are explained in more detail and a greater understanding of what psychotherapy is will be outlined. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is modified to using concrete examples to allow for a concrete thinking style and to focus on abilities. Special interests are incorporated into therapy to increase coping strategies. Visual aids are shown to slow down the session to allow for processing and to explain complex concepts. The TV is used as a visual aid showing video and images to support learning. Calming music is played through the session if requested. Every effort is made to tailor the CBT therapy for the unique autistic and ADHD individuals.
Family members can be included in sessions for the benefit of the client if needed. Sessions can shorter than 50 minutes if it suits the client’s needs and a 10-minute de-stress at the end of the session is offered using the sensory elements in the room. The time of the sessions are managed by the therapist and the client with both using clocks. Bean bags are under fibre optics and used to provide anxiety reduction and limited eye contact if needed. Sessions are €80 per hour, please contact me for an appointment.
“ When my son, aged 17, first came to Robert, he was in crisis. Over the months since, Robert has given him the tools to improve his mental health and the safe space to talk about his worries and struggles. The therapy room, being a sensory room, is ideal for autistic people, like my son ,who is always so relaxed after sessions. We, as a family, can’t thank Robert enough for the help and support he’s given”